It All Starts Here

Sometimes our ideas flow from an existing kit to bash, a house style to scratch (aka custom) build, or from an interesting doll who needs a place to live. Our settings are always modern-day (ca. 2001 when we started this hobby). We try to create things that will make people smile and feel good.

We think that if we had to build the same house twice, we literally could not do it! Fortunately, we have very unique little people who have definite opinions and so far, no one has wanted a house “like so-and-so” has.

We work as a family unit: my wonderful husband, my beautiful sister, and I. We don't always agree as to the direction of the build, but I think that we end up with a better dollhouse because of all our grumblings -- and we do have a lot of fun!

The Purpose of this Blog

We needed a place for all we wanted to say about the background of the build and the nuts and bolts of the design and build process. Thus this blog.

All our dolls' homes have families living in them and a story is built around their personalities and lifestyles. This story is an integral part of our building process. We would like to share these stories -- actually, the little people insist upon it!

Many of our houses are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia because that is my sister's favorite place.

Also, we have started a Rouges' Gallery with photos of our little people and information about the dolls.

If you would like to start with the dollhouse that "started it all", it is the Original Rowbottom Manse; if you would like to see the scratch-built Georgian that our first build gave us the confidence (or fool-hardiness) to do, it is Sunnybrook Farm.

Let the stories begin!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Monday, December 17, 2012

'Tis the season to be jolly!

The merriest of the merriest to one and all! 

Toad Hall--

Well, with my re-found enthusiasm for miniatures, I went a little crazy making ancestor and other family pictures. The upstairs hall at Toad Hall cried out for family pictures; besides the house is hard to “picture” anywhere else. Thus the upstairs hall became a chronicle of Max’s life: the larger wall with pictures of growing up in Williamsburg with Great-Uncle Jacques, and the smaller wall with pictures of his family and their vineyard in Provence, France. (The wall is removable so that Max’s bedroom can be seen. See Behind the Build: Toad Hall for details.)

Toad Hall
Max, his family and friends
If you would like to read the heart-warming story of orphaned Max growing up in the U.S. with Great-Uncle Jacques (a Botany professor and vintage car and Grand Prix participant), please read the post:
The Wells’ Home (the Original Rowbottom Manse)
I thought it would be nice to finally put the edge trim on the exposed edges of the walls and floors. I found very nice 4-foot long small (3/16 x ½ inch) detail trim at Home Depot. This was especially nice for the floor trim since the house is almost 4-foot long! The outside walls were trimmed with dollhouse corner trim and the interior walls with 1/8 x 3/8 stripwood, both from HBS. The exterior trim was painted to match the exterior and the interior was simply stained Min-Wax Natural, and both coated with semi-gloss varnish.
Edging trim, finally, on the Wells' house.

As usual, Christmas parties require a lot of planning and setting up. The most fun is deciding on guest lists and we always invite too many people! It’s a good thing they all get along. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do all of our usual intricate decorating and we didn’t decorate any exteriors this year, but I think that everyone is having a good time anyway —after all, being with friends and family is really what this is all is about!

2004 Oddjob Lane--
Christopher and friends
Living Room
Sitting Room
Dining Room
Casa Lobo--
View of all
Dining-kitchen room
Roof patio
2nd floor roof is the "observatory"
Wells (The Original Rowbottom Manse)-- 
Wells interior - left

Middle rooms
Interior - right
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If I don't get to post again this year, I wish all my friends out there in Blog-Land, the best of everything, and I thank you for all your wonderful posts with all sorts of great ideas, and I want to especially thank you all for remembering me when I wasn't posting very often.

To all -- may all your dreams come true in the coming year!